Man killed after being hit by train
A man was killed after being hit by a train in Morrinsville last night.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.15pm to find the man's body on the tracks near Lorne Street after he was hit by the east-bound train.
Police said the 33-year-old man is from Morrinsville.
The line was closed for two hours while police examined the scene and recovered the man's body.
The circumstances surrounding the death will be reported to the coroner.
Meanwhile two men raided and tagged a goods train as rescuers frantically tried to save a man’s life after he was hit at Ngaruwahia during the early hours of Saturday morning.
The man, possibly European aged between 20 and 30, was hit by the train about 1am at the Ellery St crossing near State Highway 1.
Hamilton police Senior Sergeant Andrew O’Reilly said during the rescue operation, one man broke into a carriage and stole several meat packs and a youth was caught tagging another carriage.
The injured man underwent surgery at Waikato Hospital after the incident, he said.
The driver saw something lying between the tracks and applied his emergency brakes, stopping 500m further along the track.
He discovered the victim wedged beneath the carriages.
Emergency services freed the man who was in a serious condition.